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ontario leader harry reid offered a preview this morning. >> the democrat plan will cut wasteful spending and close tax loopholes that benefit the rich and invest what the economy needs to go really hard, to continue to build, to grow. it will increase a strong middle class. >> reporter: democratic aides said the plan would cut deficits by about 1.8 trillion dollars over ten years. half through tax revenues and half from spending cuts. but senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said he has low expectations. >> call me a skeptic but there's little chance the budget my senate democratic friends put forward will balance today, ten years from today or ever. i doubt it will contain much in the way of spending reform either. >> reporter: amid the back-and-forth, president obama began a series of four trips to capitol hill this week starting today with a meeting with senate democrats. he came and went without comment, but he'll be back tomorrow to meet with house republicans on thursday he confers with senate republicans and house democrats. >> brown: we explore further the politics and the po
leader harry reid acknowledged one bill-- an assault weapons ban crafted by california's dianne feinstein-- did not have enough support to move forward. >> but right now her amendment, using the most optimistic numbers, has less than 40 votes. i-- that's not 60. >> woodruff: a disappointed feinstein later said on cnn that she will not play dead on the issue, adding reid assured her she will have a chance to offer the ban as an amendment to a larger bill. >> if it's an amendment, that is not a symbolic vote. i did the bill in 1994 on the floor as an amendment. it enacted a law. it went on to the house. it was enacted. what senator reid told me is that i would have an opportunity for a vote. i take him at his word. >> woodruff: for now, reid and senate democrats are trying to find a way to get other measures passed. that includes an expansion of background checks, new penalties for gun trafficking and for so- called straw purchases-- when other individuals buy guns for those who aren't authorized to own them. reid is aiming for votes sometime after the easter recess. but there's still litt
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